BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Ke'Asia Jackson scored a season-high 25 points Tuesday night, but 29 from Gardner-Webb freshman Jhessyka Williams and 49 second-half points paced the Runnin' Bulldogs past the Charleston Southern women's basketball team.
CSU (5-14, 2-6 Big South) was led by Jackson's fourth 20-point effort of the campaign while senior guard Breannah Bretches added 12. Gardner-Webb (11-9, 5-3 Big South) saw a 29-point night from their freshman guard Williams to counter Jackson's efforts.
Both teams shot the ball well converting on at least 49% of their field goals, but it was the turnover battle that made the difference in the end. CSU converted 13 Gardner-Webb turnovers into 12 points, but 19 Buccaneer turnovers were turned into 27 Runnin' Bulldog points on the other end.
CSU exploded for a 28-point second quarter thanks to 13 from Ke'Asia Jackson to take a lead into the break for the third-consecutive contest, but 49 points over the final 20 minutes, including 27 in the final stanza, propelled Gardner-Webb ahead.
How It Happened
- CSU tallied the first points of the contest, but went scoreless for five-plus minutes and trailed 15-7 after the first.
- Ke'Asia Jackson tallied 13 of her team-best 25 in the second quarter as the Bucs put up 28 and clamped down defensively for a 35-26 halftime advantage.
- Freshman guard Jhessyka Williams scored 25 of her game-high 29 points in the second half knocking down all three treys and eight of her 12 free throw attempts.
- Carley Plentovich and Ky'Asia Stanford finished the night in double figures for Gardner-Webb with 14 and 12 each while Breannah Bretches added 12 for the Bucs.
News and Notes
- Ke'Asia Jackson collected her fourth 20-point effort of the season, scoring 25 in the loss.
- Both teams led by 11 at different points of the night as the home Runnin' Bulldogs grabbed 34 rebounds to CSU' 27.
- Tuesday was the third-straight contest the Bucs led at the break, all three on the road.
- It was also the second time over the past three games the Bucs shot above .450 from the floor.
CSU caps off their road stretch at Presbyterian Saturday afternoon in search of a 2-2 trip. Tipoff from the Templeton Center is slated for 2 p.m. on ESPN+.